In the online world today, there is much advancement that needs to be captured by web designers when they are building websites for their clients. Some of these include the fact that most internet users are now using mobile devices to view websites online. There is also the emergence of many internet browsers from different makers. There are also the regular search algorithm changes that keep being rolled out by the leading search engines.
What this means is that any web designer who wants to remain relevant has to get well equipped with the latest web design technologies to match up with the fast moving trends. You need to know how to build easy serving websites that load fast, are mobile responsive, and are highly search engine optimized. This calls for learning basics (or even advanced) CSS, HTML, and the various content management systems (CMS) available for easy-to-use web designs.
You can opt to learn all these skills yourself, which may take some time, or you can work in partnership with other web design experts who are specialists in the areas you are not familiar with. This way you compliment each other’s efforts and skills. This second option is the most recommended one even by the leading expert reviews on web design and related skills.
One quick note though; regardless of what type of a web designer you want to become, there are some basic skills that you need to learn which cut across and are applied in all web design projects. These are HTML and CSS. Whether you are using a WordPress, Drupal or even Joomla CMS, or you are doing a purely PHP site, you will need these skills to customize your site.
If you work within a corporate setting, then you may not have a big problem specializing in a narrow scope of your expertise. However, if you are a freelancer web designer, you need to learn just about everything there is to know on your target skills. If you choose to be a WordPress designer, then learn all about WordPress. Leave no stone unturned. Get to know where to get plugins and themes affordably, where to get the best WordPress extensions, the best WordPress hosting services, and even the best place for a WordPress Blog owner to outsource content for their blog. These are information snippets you will need when advising your clients and when developing your clients’ sites.
Finally, learn to pay it forward. Join the various web design forums and social networks and share your knowledge and skills with other like minded people. By sharing, you even learn more and also solidify your perception as the authority in this niche market. Ask and answer questions in these forums and make friends. You never know when they will come in handy in your line of work.